Thursday, 2 February 2012

Concert Peace and Prosperity

The Peace and Prosperity Trust aims to raise funds to promote aspiring young Arab and Western artists and help them work with internationally renowned artists resulting in a greater understanding and fusion of Western and Middle Eastern music and culture. Their concerts also raise funds for other charitable organisations.


On 20th February they are presenting a concert, Eastern Voices - Western Echoes at the Cadogan Hall. Young artists from the trust, some of Middle Eastern origins, will be performing Western and Arabic repertoire with the Orion Orchestra conducted by Toby Pursuer, with guest start Dennis O'Neill. The concert will raise funds for the St. John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital, which provides essential eyecare to the poorest inhabitants of the Middle East.


The singers in the concert include Samar Salame (soprano), Zeina Barhoum (soprano), Timothy Connor (baritone), Bassem Alkhouri (tenor), Mariam Tamari (soprano) and Tala Tutunji (piano), with original music for the concert has been written by composer Bushra El-Turk.


A worthy enterprise and a fascinating one. I don't have details of the programme but further details on the concert can be found on the Cadogan Hall website.


And here, from one of the Trust's previous concerts, is a performance of that unlikely but rather delightful Victorian song, The Holy City.


Conducted by Patrick Hawes and performed by the English Chamber Orchestra with Dima Bawab, Soprano and Ramzi Shomali, Pianist, in celebration of the work of the St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital, produced by the volunteers of the Guild, ensuring all donations go directly to the Hospital, recorded 2009

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